Pea Pesto Crostini

  • prep time3 min
  • total time 12 min
  • serves 4 - 6
Giada De Laurentiis
Giada De Laurentiis Giada at Home

A tasty and simple appetizer that's perfect for entertaining.

51 Ratings
Directions for: Pea Pesto Crostini



10 oz (1 package) frozen peas, defrosted

1 garlic clove

½ cup grated Parmesan

1 tsp kosher salt, plus extra for seasoning

¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper, plus extra for seasoning

⅓ cup olive oil


8 slices (1/2-inch thick) whole-grain baguette or ciabatta bread, preferably day-old, * see Cook's Note

⅓ cup olive oil

8 cherry tomatoes, halved or 1 small tomato, diced



1. Pulse together the peas, garlic, Parmesan, 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper in a food processor. With the machine running, slowly add the olive oil until well combined, about 1 to 2 minutes. Season with additional salt and pepper, if needed. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside.


1. Preheat a stovetop griddle or grill pan on medium-high heat. Brush both sides of the sliced bread with olive oil and grill until golden, about 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer the bread to a clean surface and spread 1 to 2 tablespoons of the prepared pesto on each slice.

2. Top with tomato halves and serve.

Tips and Substitutions

*Cook's note: If you don't have day-old bread on hand, you can dry out fresh bread by putting the slices in a preheated 300 degree F oven until slightly crisp, about 5 minutes.

See more: Appetizer, Italian

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